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Life by the Numbers 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c R

   
Type:  Trad, 300', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c R [details]
FA: Ed Webster solo Oct 1986
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Submitted By: Robert Hall on Feb 5, 2017

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BETA PHOTO: P1 Cracks of "Life by the Numbers"

Description 

Only one star because of the relative "unprotectability" of the first pitch, pitches 2 & 3 are, in my opinion, stellar. (See the highly recommended "Bolt in the Sky - Life by the numbers Link Up)

START - (If you wish) about 15-20 ft left of the bolt line of "Bolt in the Sky" (or, a few feet right of where the climber's path from Suzy-Q flattens out.

P1 - Climb the 3 shallow, flaring, lichen cracks for until they end then continue on the face up right to the crack above Bolt-in-the-Sky's P1 double bolt anchor. Belay here, or, as Ed did continue up the crack, layback cracks and face to a bolted anchor above. 5.7+ R/X (?)

Ed's P2 - see P3 of the "Link Up"...here repeated: - From the multi-bolt anchor climb across the slab to the right and enter what feels like a 'semi-slot' on the right outside corner of the arête. (Piton above, back up with small wired nut)

Move/step left, up onto the slab/face ( his 5.8 ?) then up slab/face to nice flakes-with-cracks (medium cams or nuts) “…and when the [flakes] end, climb up and a bit right (5.7-5.8 PG-13)on the sticky slab headed for better holds just left of the exposed arête. …past a bolt [ ¼" now replaced with 3/8"SS] to easier ground and run out the 5.2-5.4 R/X to the top. 145 ft 5.7 - 5.8 PG-13 / 5.3-5.4R A very nice pitch, and (I think) less exposed and 'R-ish' than Webster rated it. Surprising, since (in my opinion) the first pitch of the original Life-by-the-Numbers seems way 'sandbagged' for both the grade and the protection rating in Ed's guidebook!

Protection 

Not much on P1 ! Std rack for P2 & 3


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